Praised by the New York Times for his “remarkable playing” and ability to create a “riveting dialogue” as a soloist, American trumpeter Sam Jones is recognized as one of the young leaders in his field.
He has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Helsinki Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Darmstadt Courses for New Music, and the New York Philharmonic Biennial. Jones has performed with The Florida Orchestra, Ensemble musikFabrik, Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Alarm Will Sound, The Knights, TILT Brass, Da Capo Chamber Players, Wet Ink Ensemble, League of Composers Orchestra, TAK Ensemble, Novus NY, Axiom, and La Monte Young.
As a soloist, Sam performed at the 2015 and 2018 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) concerts. He is solo trumpet of Ensemble Échappé, an active tour de force new music ensemble based in New York City. In addition, Jones was awarded an interpretation prize at the Karlheinz Stockhausen Courses in Kürten, Germany. Sam, along with Jay Campbell (cello) and Ryan Muncy (soprano saxophone) gave the U.S. Premiere of Stockhausen's Erwachen (Awakening) from KLANG in 2016. Jones has appeared as solo trumpet in a number of Charles Wuorinen world premieres, including: Exsultet, for solo trumpet, trombone, piano, and children’s choir; Megalith; and It Happens Like This, the world premiere recording. He appears on the latter two programs with The Group for Contemporary Music. Sam continues to work with living composers extensively on new repertoire.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Sam Jones (b. 1993) began his studies at a young age with Carolyn Wahl and Rob Smith, both members of The Florida Orchestra. As his musical pursuits became more serious through high school, he won the National Trumpet Competition and later studied at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. While an undergraduate student at Juilliard, his interest in live electronics and improvisation earned him a fellowship at the Future Music Lab, a collaboration with IRCAM. He is based New York City, with frequent performances throughout North America and Europe.
Jones is a graduate of The Juilliard School. His major teachers include Håkan Hardenberger, Mark Gould, Rob Smith, and Carolyn Wahl.